Wing span 140-170cm
White, tinged pink
Red wing coverts
Black flight feathers
Decurved bill with black tip, red-orange in middle and pale yellow near eye in nominate, dark pink in roseus
Legs pink and extremely long
Grey-brown with whitish underparts
Salt pans and large bodies of shallow water, inland and coastal; saline and brackish waters preferred.
The diet includes small crustaceans, molluscs, and insects.
Breed in large colonies in nests that consists of mud compacted into a mound on top of which the nest of mud and twigs is situated, this is built by both sexes. 1 white egg is laid, and incubated by both parents for 27-31 days.